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Number of songs: 25 | Total weeks on charts: 169
Appearing in a total number of: 96 charts | Total period running: 340 days

William Kalubi Mwamba (born 10 May 1992 in Kinshasa), better known by his stage name Damso, is a Belgian-Congolese rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is popular in France, where all of his albums were certified at least platinum.
Kalubi was born in Kinshasa, Zaire (present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo). When he was nine years old, he and his family left the country because of the bloody armed conflict and moved to Belgium. They eventually settled in Matonge, a largely Congolese neighborhood in Ixelles, Brussels. William's mother is Rose Marthe.
After completing secondary school, Damso's parents encouraged him to continue his studies, and he pursued a degree in marketing and psychology. However, he began spending considerable time in recording studios, and his grades suffered. This led to a clash with his parents, especially his father, who had been a medical doctor in Kinshasa.
"I was even kicked out of the house!" explained Damso. This became a major time of struggle for the artist, which led him to live in various squats of the city and led no choice for Damso to trade or sell his goods for money. The artist states: "I did marketing and psychology, but racism took a toll on my life choices. I never really felt accepted because of that. I tried to find jobs, I had interviews, but it never worked out. Maybe it's because of my height, I'm intimidating, I don't know. It's also what pushed me into illegal activities; I wasn't trying to be sly, I just needed CASH. All of this makes you angry, but it also makes you want to make your own choices. Working behind a desk with a boss who calls you a "dirty nigger" has never been an interest of mine. I didn't want to accept such treatment, just because I have to pay my rent at the end of the month. It motivated me."

Damso started his rap career in 2006 by performing at local and underground events. At the start of his rap career, he formed rap collective OPG with childhood friend Dolfa. They later recruited Ducke, Lio Brown, and Rex. He released his first solo project Salle d'attente online as a free download in 2014. In collaboration with his band OPG, and significantly inspired by his older brother Mehdi Rais, he released his mixtape MMMXIII on 24 September 2014. Damso made his name in 2015 thanks to his song "Poseidon", which appears on Booba's OKLM mixtape. Following this, he joined Booba's 92i collective and signed with Universal Music. He made an appearance on Booba's album Nero Nemesis on the track "Pinocchio", in collaboration with Booba and rapper Gato Da Bato. Damso's verse was noted by the public and the media, increasing his popularity and widening his audience.
In France, all of Damso's albums have attained at minimum platinum certification.
On July 8, 2016, his first studio album, entitled Batterie Faible, was released on Booba's label: 92i Records. The project, fully mixed and recorded by Krisy, has been certified platinum in France selling more than 100,000 units.
His second album Ipséité was released on April 28, 2017, and was certified triple platinum in less than six months. The album is now certified diamond with over 900,000 cumulative album sales in France.
In 2018, Damso's third album Lithopedion was certified platinum within a week of its release and is now certified triple platinum. He won the best musicer awards.
In 2020, he released album QALF. Which is now certified triple platinum.

2016 - Batterie faible
2017 - Ipséité
2018 - Lithopédion
2020 - QALF
2021 - QALF Infinity
Sources:, Wikipedia

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